Message sent to the Second National Meeting of the Resistance Movements, to the families of the Ayotzinapa students, and to the Popular Assembly of Ayotzinapa
We, Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A), stand with the Ayotzinapa 43, their families, and their community. As the largest and oldest organization of Chican@ youth within the occupied indigenous land known as the United States of America, we refuse to follow suit of said government by remaining silent about the realities terrorizing our gente in Mexico.
The disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43 on September 26, 2014 has further exposed the illegitimate and decaying regime of Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto (EPN) and the forces that brought him to power. The violent barbaric attack on the students points to the extent to which the EPN government fears the people. The normales, rural teachersâ colleges, are a historical victory from the Mexican Revolution of 1910. An attack on normalistas is an attack on the Revolution.
The disappearances of the Ayotzinapa 43 are only one facet of the ongoing dismantling of a sovereign Mexico by the EPN puppet regime, facilitated by a corrupt political system and a submissive oligarchy. US imperialism, at the forefront of these attacks and with the full support and complicity of the twin parties of US capitalism, the Democrats and the Republicans, has compelled the passage of counter-reforms to Mexicoâs educational system, labor laws, and energy sector. These last reforms have meant the expropriation of communal landholdings to exploit gas, oil, and other natural resources. Together, these counter-reforms are effectively dismantling the material basis of national sovereignty, and the destruction of the rights of the working/oppressed masses in Mexico.
As these counter-reforms are pushed through, the narco wars continue to rage within Mexico. Thousands of kidnappings and murders have taken place within the last decade. The state military apparatus, inflated with US manufactured weapons and money to combat the narcos, is used as a means of repression against those deemed a threat to the State. Femicides and violence against women also continue. Women all over Mexico are now systematically targeted for torture and murder.
Despite the repression, Mexicans are fighting back. Autodefensas, that include many women, have risen up in parts of Mexico to protect and defend their communities. Students and parents have taken to the streets in defense of education. Labor unions have fought back against reforms, with the Mexican Union of Electrical Workers (SME) leading the fight against privatization.
The solution will not derive from the structures of the corrupt, country-selling politics inherent in the PRI-PAN-PRD political regime. Thus, the call that has emanated from sectors of the workers' movement for a National Sovereign Constituent Assembly is the most immediate step to break from the corrupt political machine and deepen the revolutionary struggle. Such a Constituent Assembly would bring together the genuine representatives of the workers', popular, student and peasant organizations and the growing number of local Popular Assemblies that have arisen in the aftermath of Ayotzinapa. It would establish a new government responsible to the Constituent Assembly -- a government that annuls the PRI regimeâs âcounter-reforms," ends all the violence, and establishes full national sovereignty and independence, putting forth first and foremost the interests of âlos de abajo.â Only the workers and peasants through revolutionary struggle can overturn the rotten capitalist system.
We, as Raza, as people tied to the land within the belly of the beast, have the historical responsibility to stand next to our gente, in this struggle for liberation. Chican@ liberation is inextricably linked to the ongoing revolutionary processes that are currently under way in Mexico just as it is a key component of the revolutionary struggle in the belly of the imperialist beast. Our task is to be at the forefront of organizing raza communities in the US to rapidly respond to ongoing developments in Mexico and fight against imperialist policies in our own lands.
We have set out to build a movement on the campuses, community and labor unions to demand the repeal of NAFTA and all other âfree tradeâ and neoliberal treaties that are dismantling the economic and social fabric of Mexico; and, an end to all US military aid to Mexico (in the name of the War on Drugs -- a failed policy aimed at debilitating resistance movements abroad and criminalizing working class people of color in the US). MEChA will establish concrete alliances with our compaÃ±er@s and communities in Mexico and exchange delegates to coordinate the resistance.
From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson to Oakland, El Sexto Sol has risen and with it the people are awakening.
We stand with the Ayotzinapa 43 and the demands of their community:
1. The presentation of the 43 student activists in Ayotzinapa!
2. Punishment of all those responsible for these and all other political murders!
3. The immediate and unconditional release of ALL political prisoners!
4. The repeal of all the counter-reform measures proposed by PeÃ±a Nieto!
5. The removal from office of Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto!
Â¡Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los queremos!
Alive they were taken, Alive we want them back!
MEChA contact persons:
Alto Pacifico de AztlÃ¡n
Alta Califas Norte